Review: Vampire Shift by Tim O’Rourke

When 20-year-old police recruit Kiera Hudson is posted to the remote town of The Ragged Cove, her life is changed forever. Investigating a series of horrific murders, grave desecrations, and missing persons, Kiera uses her unique ability of seeing, and soon realizes her own life is in danger. When Kiera falls for police officer Luke Bishop, not only are her mind and heart opened to a terrifyingly new world, she comes to suspect that Luke might be involved in the killings. In a race against time to unearth the truth, Kiera must discover the identity of who – or what – is behind the gruesome deaths on her Vampire Shift.

I love the cover of this book. I love that in this book, vampires are what they should be, blood sucking monsters. I love the scenes in which O’Rourke forgets that he is writing and manages to deliver a gripping sequence that the reader becomes lost in. Those are the things that I love, now to the things I did not.

1: I think that in most cases a man writing a woman lead is carried out in a believable way, in this case it was not.

“It ain’t right,” she said, pouring me a mug of coffee.

“What isn’t?” I asked.

“A pretty girl like you being a cop ‘an all.”

“How’s that?” I asked, kind of flattered by her remark.

WTF – Now this comes after the MC is also looking all bruised and cut up so for one, how would she be looking ‘pretty’ right now, but most importantly why the hell should she be flattered by that remark? It continues this way throughout the book, in one instance stating that if a woman had been in the car recently she would have cleaned the smudge on the passenger mirror so that she could check her makeup.

2: The MC sees things others do not, not a superpower but rather a keen observer, great, we get it, but that does not mean we need you to describe everything she sees and does in finite detail. 1/5 of this book could have been cut simply by removing over explanations of her surroundings.

3: Her mothers disappearance is mentioned 40% in and is the reason behind her joining the force, this should have been mentioned earlier.

4: Why on earth would a police force keep sending officers to a station where the officers keep disappearing? Seriously….WHY? If the reason for her being there isn’t believable how can you expect us to believe the rest of what we are reading?

5: This book desperately needed a BETA reader, someone to point out when things do not make sense, when questions are raised but not answered, when the words you are writing read like a laundry list.

I did not hate the book, I skimmed over the over explanations, and forced my way through the offensive depiction of the female lead and at the end I can say I finished a not great but not terrible book about vampires. This one I would love to see rereleased after a thorough rewrite and a professional edit.


Rebecca is a writer, mother, crafter and cake maker. With three children and a full time job, many of the characters bouncing around in her head will just have to wait to have their stories told. You can find her tweeting here.



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